All Creatures Great and Small

Pest Control using household items


I have posted on Social Media that you can control most pests with stuff you have at home rather than pesticides. I will elaborate a little more on each one, so you can try them out.

For cockroaches, put out some pie pans full of beer around your house where cockroaches hang out. They will go in the pans and get drunk and drown and they don’t check IDs.

For earwigs, roll up a damp newspaper and put it in your yard at night. The earwigs will go in the paper and hide and you can dispose of them and the newspaper the next day.

For silverfish, fill some baby food jars with flour about half way up. Wrap the bottles with duct or masking tape so the silverfish can crawl up the jar and jump in the flour. Then dump them outside the next day.

For fruit flies you can put out several glasses filled with apple cider vinegar. The flies will go into the glasses and drown.

For fungus gnats, dry out the plant soil almost to the point the plants start wilting. Then put some aquarium gravel on the soil to prevent fungus gnats from laying anymore eggs in the soil. About an half inch of aquarium gravel should be enough.

Peppermint essential oil sprayed where ants, mice or spiders can come in the house will repel them and keep them outside.

For carpet beetles, put a dirty sock filled with cheese near the area where they are living. The larvae will be attracted to the cheesy sock and you can dispose of them.

There are many other so-called pests that can be easily controlled without using pesticides or an exterminator. Join my Bug Club and I will help you with this forever. When someone joins my Bug Club, I will help them to the best of my ability to solve any pest problems they have without using toxic pesticides. If you join, I will help you with any pest problems you have forever.  I will send you a copy, via email, of my handbook, “Earth Friendly Pest Management for your Home and Garden and for Commercial Establishments.”  If you have any pest or pesticide issues, I will help you to the best of my ability.  This includes any pest problems at home, at work or anywhere and this offer is open to anyone in the world.  Also, I will help anyone in your immediate family. If your parents, children, brothers or sisters have pest problems, I will help them also, wherever they live.  All you would need to do is give them my contact info. If you want to join, the cost is $25 for a lifetime membership.  You can pay through my PayPal account at on this website, or you can send a check to me at 7595 Faith Rd. Las Cruces, NM 88012.  Be sure to include your email address so I can send you the booklet.  If you send a check, please make it out to me, Richard Fagerlund. As mentioned, membership is forever, or at least as long as I am on the planet.

As I said, I will help anyone in the world to the best of my ability.  I realize there are different pests around the world, but many of them are found worldwide.  Most ants in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and South America can be treated using the same methods used in the US.  Of course there are exceptions, but they can be managed.  If you join from anywhere outside of the US, please use the Paypal account to join.  We have to try to reduce, and hopefully, eliminate, the use of pesticides everywhere on the planet.  Pesticides are weapons of mass destruction and cause many health issues (read the IBBS blogs) and destroys the ecosystem.


About askthebugman

I have been in the pest management industry for over 40 years. In that time I have used almost every pesticide available to control so-called “pests”. With this experience, I have learned over the years that the pesticides we use are far more dangerous than the pests we are trying to control. As a result, it has become a passion for me to improve the quality of life for humans and the planet, by assisting people to not only become more educated and aware of their environment – but also by learning to manage their home and business with a sustainable and healthier approach to tending to unwanted infestations of bugs. Please enjoy my blog posts, check out my publications, utilize my services, or simply stay in touch if you have a bug question…


One thought on “Pest Control using household items

  1. nice to see new stuff from you!
    would ‘near beer’ work on cockroaches? they wouldn’t get drunk but might get fat and fall in and drown
    i don’t think i’ve seen a earwig here in nm (saw lots when i was growing up in colorado) but i have spent most of my time closer to mesas than the valley. lots of scorpions, no earwigs
    ‘Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana’ — keep your fruit covered or in the fridge, either they’re contained when they emerge or they don’t because of the cold
    carpet beetles? this is a new one for me! do they do much damage or just annoying?
    you may not recall but we first had contact in the late 90’s at unm

    Posted by Christopher Key | June 18, 2018, 2:33 am

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